the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.

The Bright Green Community Trust Fund 2019

This year the Bright Green Community Trust is inviting voluntary groups and not-for-profit enterprises in the Holme Valley to apply for one large grant or, as in previous years, a smaller one of up to £3,000. The large grant is worth up to £10,000, which can be used to fund or part-fund a project that will make a significant impact in the Holme Valley. For example, this could be for solar panels, or car/bike charging points.

As last year, all applications must reduce carbon emissions.You will find links to examples of carbon reduction on this page. If you have successfully applied for a grant before you can apply again.

In addition members of HoTTWind who administer the funding for the BGCT are willing to help you think about what you want the money for and how much, as well as the effect you expect to achieve; to contact HoTTWind and discuss your project, please email: info@hott.org.uk. This is a great opportunity for your organisation to undertake something exciting in the Valley.

 

BACKGROUND

The Bright Green Community Trust (BGCT), was launched to provide grant funding for projects, across the Holme Valley Parish and the Graveship of Holme. This fund has been set up by HoTTWind@Longley Ltd, a community benefit society that operates a wind turbine which supplies green electricity to Longley Farm, near Holmfirth.

The fund will ensure that the community wind turbine, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant benefits to local people. The BGCT Fund will be administered by One Community, the Community Foundation for Kirklees.

 

LAST YEAR, 8 LOCAL GROUPS RECEIVED FUNDING:

1st Holme Valley Scouts received £1,999 to create a wild community growing area.

Fairandfunky received £900 to help with the cost of a smoothie bike and school workshops with the bike.

Friends of Hade Edge School received funding of £2,000 to purchase equipment to establish forest school activities.

Holmfirth Methodist Church received £2,272 to install energy saving LED lighting, inside and outside the church.

Holmfirth Tech Ltd were awarded £2,700 to fund replacement lighting.

Holmfirth Transition Town HoTT were awarded £1,523 to publish and distribute a HV recycling directory of local places to take your hard-to-recycle wastes.   

St John’s Church received £2,700 to replace old halogen lighting, with new energy efficient LED lighting.

Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club were awarded £2,000 to install a replacement lighting system.

 

MAKING AN APPLICATION

1. Make sure your project is located in this area: Please click here to view a map of the beneficial area, (illustrated by the blue border line).

2. Before completing your application, please click on the 'Calculating & Reducing Carbon Emissions' image (below). This opens a 2-page pdf document, in a separate window), which explains how you can calculate and reduce carbon emissions.

3. You will need to explain how your project will reduce carbon emissions in section 2 of your online application form.

4. Funding must directly benefit local community projects and initiatives, such as:

  • Projects that have clear environmental benefits
  • Community food growing projects
  • Energy efficiency or saving projects
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Educational projects with a sustainability angle
  • Projects that reduce or prevent pollution
  • Projects that alleviate fuel poverty, by reducing energy consumption
  • Carbon reduction projects that involve or promote biodiversity or conservation work
  • Sustainability projects 

5. All projects must be community-based, reduce carbon emissions and contribute towards a more sustainable future for the Holme Valley community.

**Before completing your application, please read this document, which explains how you can calculate and reduce carbon emissions.**

Applications are invited for one large project of up to £10,000 and also for funding of up to to £3,000 (and can also be part of a contribution towards a higher cost project). Larger grants may, in exceptional circumstances, be awarded at the discretion of the grants panel. Projects must be within the Holme Valley Parish boundary, (incorporating the Graveship of Holme), see the link to the map above.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are required to explain how their project will reduce carbon emissions, directly or indirectly. If you would like some help with thinking about this please contact Holmfirth Transition Town at info@hott.org.uk 

THIS FUND IS OPEN NOW AND CLOSES ON TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2019.